Plants require important nutrients for proper growth.  By making sure your soil is a welcoming place for earthworms you can help create excellent soil structure with adequate aeration and drainage.  “Earthworms help create humus—a dark brown-black type of soil which holds important nutrients in place for plant growth and use. ” Earthworm castings...

The season is upon us! Gardeners all over are experiencing an abundance or “over-load” of zucchini squash. These prolific plants produce plenty of slender and long fruits, some even reaching an unwanted size that oddly enough can resemble a baseball bat! If you’ve found yourself pondering ways to use up all of your fabulous zucchini squash, look...

Near the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll soon find a hydroponic farm taking up a 3 acre parcel of land. The project will be called “Urban Seed”, and it will provide fresh produce to local chefs near The Strip.  Chefs in the area will have a choice of over 20+ varieties of herbs and vegetables to harvest for their famous Las Vegas culinary dishes. To...

Pros and Cons of Hydroponic Farming “Hydroponics can be a great alternative for the farmers who want to produce their crops round the year despite the environmental changes. The use of organic fertilizers in the hydroponic farming ensures that there will be no ill-effects of the chemical fertilizers. No doubt, the innovative concept has various advantages...

JOIN the Urban Organic Gardener’s MONTHLY SEED CLUB TODAY! **To receive a shipment for the month of August, you must join before August 4th at 11:59pm PST. Sign up now at: https://urbanorganicgardener.cratejoy.com For $10/month our garden experts will build a custom curated collection of seeds & garden supplies designed around YOU – your grow zone...

“New York City just approved the Lowline, a dreamy, eco-friendly project.” The world’s first underground park and public cultural space will soon be on the “must-see” list of many visitors world-wide. The team who dreamed up this underground oasis will soon use “cutting edge solar technology to transform the abandoned Williamsburg...

The Beginner’s Guide to Upcycling for Your Garden If you love gardening and trying new DIY projects, upcycling old household items into fun pieces for you’re garden will be your new favorite thing to do. Regardless of your experience level, time investment, desired budget or workable space, these upcycling hacks will turn your garden into a recycle-friendly...

JOIN the Urban Organic Gardener’s MONTHLY SEED CLUB TODAY! For $10/month our garden experts will build a custom curated collection of seeds & garden supplies designed around YOU – your grow zone – your garden space/location – and your preferences. Sign up now at: https://urbanorganicgardener.cratejoy.com The weather in August is oftentimes...

Whether you’re in the Houston area or not, we’ve stumbled upon a great Instagram account that will give you wonderful gardening tips and beautiful imagery. Nicole Burke (@rootedgarden) is one of the Houston’s most up-and-coming garden consultants and her clients rave about the work she does. “The Rooted Garden designs, installs and maintains...

Getting out and joining your community garden is great. It’s a fun social activity, promotes community, and is a great way to get some free fruits and vegetables. If you’re a gardening guru who needs their fix, or just want to try growing something green, consider these indoor plants that offer an soft intro to more gardening.   Cheaper and Greener Sometimes...

If your vegetable garden consists of long, straight rows of crops surrounded by mulch or bare soil, you may be missing out on some of its potential health benefits. Aesthetic beauty is healing, especially in the form of flowers and art. The French have long understood vegetable gardens can be places of beauty. They located their traditional potagers, or kitchen gardens,...

Any patch of land can be used to grow food. You don’t need acres and acres of land to have a successful farming operation on your hands.  Atlanta has over 40+ farmers markets, all being supplied by local farmers, on many types of land using countless growing methods. “Indeed, one of the advantages of being in an urban setting is close proximity to neighbors,...

People from Madaya have been known for their farms that once sloped down toward the valley. About one year ago that picturesque scene has changed because Madaya has been under siege by the Syrian government and their allies.  Due to the siege, farmers are no longer able to access their once rolling hillside farms. “We’ve been farmers from the first...

One woman, who’s “been there herself”, is lending a helping hand to those struggling with homelessness. She knows her purpose is to help others, and she delights in serving her community by running an urban garden.  She says “I was homeless for a year and a half,” James said. “Everything happened at once.” “Mental illness, lost my job,...

“It’s called Revision Urban Farm which is part of Victory Programs, an agency that works on a wide range of social issues.  The goal of the farm is to help homeless families and young people move ahead in a sometimes difficult world.  At Revision Farm, young people with summer jobs, many volunteers and staff work together to provide fresh, healthy produce...

Urban Organic Gardener Interviewing @mujerlocaplanta, from Instagram! What inspired you to start a front yard, urban garden? I grew up in a rural area about 30 minutes from where I live now. My grandparents and various other family members all live on “the Farm” and pretty much all of them are and have always been...

If you’re familiar with baseball or live in the Pacific Northwest, you know Safeco Field is home to the Mariners, their fans and “all the trappings of an American sporting event.” What you may not know is that they now have a 450 square foot urban garden beneath the batter’s eye against a dark backdrop. “Previously home to evergreen...